If you live in Brisbane you might have noticed that the city has been looking a little bit greener of late. And it probably, most definitely has to do with WICKED coming back to town as part of its 10th anniversary tour. I was fortunate enough to be given tickets to attend the opening weekend of WICKED at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). I love a good musical and have always had a soft spot for anything Wizard of Oz related – I watched the Judy Garland version of Wizard of Oz on VHS so much so as a child that I eventually wore down the tape – so it was pretty much a given that I was always going to enjoy WICKED. Being an immensely popular production, many of you are probably already familiar with the musical but if you aren’t then I would definitely recommend taking a trip to the wonderful land of Oz.
At the end of last year I went to the Future Beauty exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. I’m only getting around to posting about it now because… laziness? The exhibition explores the innovation of Japanese designers from the 1980s onwards. A host of designers are covered in the exhibition but some of the most notable names include Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, and Junya Watanabe. Being able to observe garments up close, as well as seeing some laid out flat, gives you a greater understanding of how intricate the pieces really are and the kind of mastery required to be able to manipulate seemingly simple pieces of fabric. Technically you’re not supposed to take photos inside the exhibition but I took a few sneaky snaps because I am a delinquent. Complementing the exhibition throughout the gallery are works by Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama and the return of the Obliteration Room. I also couldn’t resist revisiting the Pip & Pop dioramas in the Children’s Art Centre because they are my favourite. Future Beauty ends on February 15 so if you haven’t seen it already I’d suggest you get a move on.
Photos taken on an iPhone 6 and edited in VSCO cam
Last weekend I trekked it over to my happy place aka the Gallery of Modern Art. Their latest showcase exhibition ‘Harvest’ is a celebration of food in art. An art exhibition focusing on food? It’s like these guys can see into my mind (and stomach). The collection features pieces from GoMA’s extensive collection as well as major new acquisitions. I did recognise a few pieces from past exhibitions like Xu Zhen’s ShanghART Supermarket installation which, by coincidence, is another manifestation of one of my happy places – Asian supermarkets. My favourite pieces included Shirana Shahbazi’s Still life: Coconut and other things and the absolutely bonkers Pineapple Express! display by Fallen Fruit that featured an assortment of pineapple-y items from local contributors. The exhibition is free and runs until September 21.
1. Shirana Shahbazi / Still life: Coconut and other things 2009
2. Tracey Moffatt / First jobs series 2008
3. TomÃ¡s Saraceno / Biosphere works 2009
4. TomÃ¡s Saraceno / Biosphere works 2009
5. Michel Tuffery / Povi tau vaga (The challenge) 1999
6. Fallen Fruit / Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! 2014
Images taken on an iPhone 4 (waiting… waiting… waiting… for the iPhone 6) and edited in Photoshop.
This is what my current reading list looks like. I picked up Sincerely: Women of Letters and Grace: A Memoir at the Lifeline Bookfest over the weekend. I had been meaning to buy the Grace Coddington memoir for some time but never got around to it. It was just my luck then that one of my friends picked it up and swung it my way – a perfect example of the pros of going shopping in groups. Even better was the fact that it only set me back $5. FIVE DOLLARS. I know right? Also in the mix is The Gentlewoman Issue No. 9 and Spaces Volume Two by Frankie Magazine. What is everyone else reading at the moment? Are there any must-reads that I should add to my list?
The Alliance FranÃ§aise French Film Festival is currently making its way around the country and I’ve been an attendee of the festival for the past couple of years now. Previously, my friends and I have ended up watching some pretty heavy French films so these days we tend to stick to comedies and rom-coms. On the weekend I went and saw Populaire which checked both those boxes. Set in the late 1950s, the film is a “homage to classic Hollywood romantic comedies”. It’s basically about a secretary who has a talent for typing and is urged on by her boss, and potential love interest, to compete in typing competitions. The storyline is super cheesy, in a good way. The main draw card for me was the visual elements of the film which was all retro styling and saturated colours. Swoon.